Video: Jefferson slams Teddy Roosevelt into the stands as Nationals attempt to quell curse talk

thomas-jefferson-playoff-presidents-racethomas-jefferson-nats-playoff-presidents-race-3thomas-jefferson-shoves-teddy-roosevelt-playoff-presidents-race-3thomas-jefferson-wins-playoffs-presidents-raceThe Nationals can’t seem to win — and not just division series.

Faced with relentless criticism about an alleged curse of Teddy Roosevelt, the team responded by having Teddy win every playoff presidents race from 2012 to 2014 through last week’s Game 1.

When that didn’t work out so well, they shifted gears and plotted a victory for Thomas Jefferson for Sunday’s Game 2 — which the Nationals won.

So for Thursday night’s decisive Game 5, another elaborate plot had Roosevelt fooling his fellow presidents by running the wrong way, then reversing course and bolting for the finish.

Again, it was Jefferson who caught up from behind, this time plowing into the Bull Moose and knocking Teddy into the stands.

Sadly for Nationals fans, the victories for Jefferson turned out to be as unrelated to the outcome as those historic Roosevelt wins, as the Nationals lost an epic heartbreaker to the Los Angeles Dodgers to end their 2016 season.

It was nonetheless a great showcase game for a team that has come a long way in it’s relatively short tenure in DC. Fans stayed — and stayed on their feet — until nearly 1:00am despite the closure of the Metro an hour earlier. The #NatsRide program, generated entirely by fans the day before the game, was an unqualified success, and a badge of honor for the team’s passionate and supportive fan base.

Some fans (see below) manage to still blame things on Teddy, but here’s hoping we’re finally past that.

Thanks to LetTeddyWin contributor lfahome for another season of great finish line videos:

Nationals fans unable to rely on Metro for Game 5 create ride sharing hashtag

Washington Nationals fans are nothing if not smart, resourceful, and social media savvy.

Faced with the new 8:08pm start time for Thursday’s NLDS Game 5, combined with the DC Metro’s inability to extend operating times due to “Safe Track” maintenance, fans reliant on Metro faced the real possibility of choosing between sticking around for a late-inning clincher and getting home at all.

So on Wednesday, our friends at the TalkNats blog started a Twitter hashtag, and it has taken off like wildfire. Fans looking for or offering rides are simply using the hashtag #NatsRide to connect with each other, and it’s clearly working.

Fans with cars are using it to find and share the cost of parking. Fans without are lining up transportation home. Even parking broker Parking Panda has jumped into the conversation.

If only the folks at Uber were as on the ball. It seems like an awfully good opportunity to recruit drivers.

Video: Visiting president Herbert Hoover wins last race of the regular season, but Teddy Roosevelt is the season champion

img_8601-editWith a comfortable lead in the season standings, Teddy Roosevelt wrapped up the 2016 Nationals racing presidents season championship before this weekend’s final series vs. the Miami Marlins. It was Teddy’s second crown, having claimed the title in 2014.

So there was little drama on Sunday as the presidents took the field for the last time in the regular season. That would probably explain why the big-headed presidents “eased up” in the stretch of the fourth inning race, and let 2016 visiting president Herbert Hoover take the last battle of the season.

The playoffs start Friday at Nationals Park, and Teddy Roosevelt has never lost a race in the playoffs. Let the curse talk begin.

Video for by lfahome

Video: Garden gnomes attack Nats racing presidents

nationals-presidents-race-garden-gnomesnationals-presidents-race-garden-gnome-attackIn 2014, a single life-sized garden gnome clobbered the racing presidents. In 2015, on the team’s second garden gnome night, two gnomes teamed up to take them down once again.

On Tuesday night at Nationals Park, the team celebrated Ben Revere Garden Gnome night, and yes, fans saw all three of the Nats historic gnomes — Jayson Werth, Anthony Rendon, and Revere — team up to topple the presidents once again.

As the fourth inning race began, the presidents found their path blocked by Revere’s doppelganger, but the evening’s star gnome was unarmed, and so they slipped by him easily.

Chased by Revere, George, Tom, Abe, Teddy, Bill and Herbie found a familiar site waiting for them along the first base line.

Werth Gnome and Rendon Gnome were both holding oversized bats, and as the presidents approached, the gnomes popped to life and pummeled them to the ground.

Only Abe, who trailed the pack, managed to slip by Rendon Gnome. Then, followed by Revere Gnome, took the tape.

Teddy Roosevelt’s magic number remains at one.

Finish line video by lfahome

Video: Secret Service attacks racing presidents on National Teddy Bear Day

national-teddy-bear-day-secret-servicenational-teddy-bear-day-teddy-rooseveltIt’s presumed that the Secret Service is supposed to protect our presidents, but on Friday night at Nationals Park, the Nats’ mascot handlers, who wear “Secret Service” jerseys, conspired with racing president Teddy Roosevelt to take out the competition.

It was National Teddy Bear Day, and so as the race began from center field, Roosevelt appeared from the tunnel below section 134 and could be seen directing his Secret Service Agent Wooddell into the stands in the right field corner, carrying a large Teddy bear.

As the competition hit the home stretch, the secret service agent threw the Teddy bear from the stands and nailed lead runner William Howard Taft in the nose, knocking him over and toppling the others like dominoes.

The Bull Moose picked up the prize Teddy bear and bolted for the finish, then carried the bear around the park for the rest of the night.


Bottom Photo: Luis Albisu

“Chaos” described as Nationals Park stops restricting fan movement during play [UPDATED]

As first reported by the intrepid Dan Steinberg at The Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog, the Washington Nationals have instituted a policy change for Nationals Park beginning with the current homestand.

Nationals Park Usher Signs StoppageNationals Park Usher Policy Stop Sign In PlayAbout 5 years ago, ushers assigned to the entrance of each section were issued red stop signs saying “Please wait for a stop in play,” as part of a new policy that restricted fans from entering their ticketed sections whenever a batter was in the batters box.

The policy was heralded by many season plan holders — particularly those whose seats were near aisles, with views that had been obstructed by constant fan movement.

However, the policy had also angered fans whose movement was restricted.

As somebody who has visited the park often with children (who tend to “need to go” more often then some of us), and who visits the presidents race finish line at every game, I regularly witnessed unfair levels of anger directed at ushers by uninitiated fans carrying arms full of hot dogs and melting ice cream.

Ushers also have had to hold back crowds so deep that most couldn’t see the field at all or understand why the line wasn’t moving, because a slow-working pitcher and a batter repeatedly adjusting his gloves were leading to at-bats approaching ten minutes in length.

Most major league ball parks do not have such a policy, but it wasn’t unique to Nationals Park, and while some fans have expressed anger about the change, the team is mum on the reason behind it. Rather than share their opinions, ushers have been asked to direct all comments to; but as Steinberg reports and others have confirmed, the first two nights of the new non-policy have been described as “chaos” by some and have led to many complaints.

Nationals Park is known for it’s excellent site lines from all seats, but this policy change has clearly added a premium to those without an aisle between the seat and the infield.

UPDATE: Unconfirmed reports from Nationals Park suggest that the policy change was mandated by Major League Baseball representatives who visited the park this week. Only a handful of teams had such a policy.

For what it’s worth, it’s apparent that the new policy means that ushers at section entrances can no longer pay any attention to the game. With a continuous  stream of fans, those ushers must keep their backs to the field full time now.

Top Photo: Washington Post

Racing presidents resume Olympic tributes with team rowing, Flintstones-style

Olympic Rowing Nationals Racing PresidentsAfter an epic Star Wars Day battle on Saturday, the Nationals racing presidents resumed their Olympic tributes Sunday at Nationals Park with a team rowing competition.

The presidents held up their “boats” as they scampered Flintstones-style across the warning track while paddling with a single oar.

The unlikely team of Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and William Howard Taft, was passed early by the much lighter-weight “boat” helmed by George Washington, Herbert Hoover, and Thomas Jefferson.

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